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Hurriyat seeks complete troops removal in J&K

Hurriyat demanded revocation of "unlimited" powers "enjoyed" by troops in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of killing of four youths.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 20:49 IST

The moderate Hurriyat faction on Friday said the whole state should be demilitarised -- a suggestion made by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf to resolve the Kashmir issue.

Hurriyat demanded revocation of "unlimited" powers "enjoyed" by troops in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of killing of four youths.

"For resolution of Kashmir and lasting peace in the region it is imperative to ensure complete withdrawal of troops from Jammu and Kashmir," Hurriyat Chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said.

Hurriyat termed the killing of youths allegedly by the security forces at Doodipora on Wednesday as an "eye-opener" for the international community.

The "unlimited" powers being enjoyed by the troops should be revoked, he demanded in a statement.

Farooq also sent a memorandum addressed to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan saying, "I would like to take this opportunity to apprise your excellency about the present situation of terror unleashed by Indian armed paramilitary forces in Jammu and Kashmir".

The Hurriyat Conference is of the view that unless the "draconian laws" which give authority to the Indian forces to "catch and kill" people without any reasons are withdrawn and demilitarisation of the whole state takes place, killing of "innocent" people will continue and peace in the region will remain a distant dream, the memorandum said.

First Published: Feb 23, 2006 20:49 IST